Napoleon Gaither
Practitioner of the Year

Napoleon GaitherMr. Gaither developed and executed a comprehensive user-centered HSI strategy for the Warfighter Information Network-Tactical Increment 2, Increment 3 and the SAT-COM Transportable Tactical Command Communications incorporating usability testing, human performance modeling and other significant user data collection events to drive system design. His development of user-centric HSI plans, participation in critical de-sign reviews, execution of over two dozen usability studies and development of HSI-focused requirements for the Tactical and Communications Node Lite prototypes were instrumental in optimizing system design for sub-systems as well as the vehicle's cab. His relentless efforts to socialize the modeling activities as an integral part of the HSI effort led to buy-in from the operational community. With his assistance, the simulation models were able to identify the mismatch of unskilled soldiers assigned to Soldier Network Extension (SNE) and Point of Presence (PoP) systems in Stryker vehicles and link the perceptions of system com-plexity by the operators of the Tactical Communications Node (TCN) and Network Operations and Security Center (NOSC) systems to operator workload metrics. The completed baseline models can now be used to propose and evaluate procedural improvements to ameliorate complexity within the soldier’s tasks.

Charles Hernandez
Army Materiel Systems Award

Mr. Hernandez has been instrumental in formulating, briefing, and defending a user-centered design (UCD) process for Fire Support Command and Control systems. In particular, he led five User Juries to establish a usability baseline for the currently fielded Advanced Field Artillery Tactical Data System (AFATDS) and led the reporting and documentation of a 2-week contextual analysis and observational study conducted at the National Training Center in Fort Irwin, California. These seminal UCD events have identified 34 user interface features requiring design and the program management office works to modernize AFATDS software.


Gabriella Brick-Larkin
Army Materiel Systems Award

Dr. Larkin has been instrumental in formulating, briefing, and defending an HSI user-focused methodology for requirements development and User testing of small arms early in the acquisition process. In particular, the Modular Handgun System methodolo-gy, which was based on sound research and experimental design principles, contributed to the decision to proceed with the integrated test and evaluation strategy by the Army Acquisition Executive and has influenced the acquisition process for multiple PM Soldier Warrior systems.


Dr. Carolyn Bensel
Special Achievement Award

Dr. Bensel’s distinguished 46 year career as a senior researcher for the US Army in the areas of Human System Integration has been dedicated to the service men and women of all branches of the US Military. Dr. Bensel was one of the driving forces behind the development of the Human Factors Team, the Biomechanics Team and the Cognitive Sciences Team at NSRDEC. Dr. Bensel led the Human Factors Group from 1971-1990, when she returned to research. She continued working at NSRDEC until 2012, when she retired, returning part time as a rehired Annuitant and an ORISE/ORAU Fellow. (Stephanie Brown accepting the award from Dr. Knapp on Dr. Bensel’s behalf)


MIRS Team Award
Technology Research & Development or Studies

The Joint HSI Team (comprised of Kathryn Cohen, Eric Holder, Christopher Paulillo, and Jeffrey Thomas from the Army; Owen Seely, Gordon Shaw, and Rachel Rizzo from the Navy; and Sarah Orr, Andrea Wolf, and Mike Pietryga from the Air Force) conducted a user-context study to perform an end-to-end analysis of the military entrance process in support of the redesign of the U.S. Military Entrance Processing Command (MEPCOM) Integrated Resource System (MIRS). MIRS and the military entrance process are critical for ensuring qualified enlisted personnel are available for current and future operations. The existing MIRS software and database system is outdated, based on late 90’s technology, heavily paper-based, and in need of modernization. A successful redesign depends on understanding MIRS users and their interaction with hardware, software, and the environment and how modern technologies could better support their tasks and needs. The HSI Team conducted extensive site visits, interviews, observations and analysis activities to ensure this operator perspective could guide the MIRS redesign.

The Joint HSI Team had the rare opportunity to focus on collecting and integrating human characteristics of the user population in the system definition and design processes before software development started. The team will build on this work in a follow-on project for the development, and evaluation processes, in order to optimize human-machine performance, maximize usability, and improve overall system sustainment. (Owen Seely, Kate Cohen and Chris Paulillo accepting the award on behalf of the MIRS Team)

Cheryl Burns and Rick Kozycki
Army Materiel Systems Team Award

ARL HRED developed, constructed, and supplied the Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle (AMPV) program with 3D human figure manikins as well as digitized mission essential clothing and equipment models that were instrumental in the vehicle interior workspace design process. The ARL HRED HSI Team of Ms. Burns and Mr. Kozycki provided key HSI design assessments of the five variants in the AMPV program, including 28 iterative design assessments for the driver’s station and 56 iterative design assessments for two commander stations. Additional analyses were performed on five mission stations with mission crew ranging from two to four personnel and seven manikin sizes. These assessments were completed in order to provide valuable program support at the AMPV Preliminary Design Review (PDR). The HRED team’s vehicle design assessments via modeling in the AMPV Program has helped ensure that performance, costs, and schedule risks associated with many HSI issues will be mitigated prior to prototype builds of the systems. The successful implementation of this type of contract language and early HSI analyses provides a blueprint for future acquisition programs to emulate.

Charles Hernandez
Army Materiel Systems Award

APHC HHA TEAM SUPPORTS PROGRAM MANAGER (PM), MULTI-ROLE ANTI-ARMOR ANTI-PERSONNEL WEAPON SYSTEM (MAAWS) (U) MCHB-PH-HHA. The PM MAAWS requested APHC support to protect the hearing of Soldiers partici-pating in an Aberdeen Test Center user test event in Sweden, focusing on eval-uating the new M3E1 MAAWS. The Army Hearing Division and Health Hazard Assessment Division team conducted earpro training with the Soldiers. The team ensured the Soldiers achieved a ≥ 29 decibel PAR and confirmed Soldiers understood how to properly wear their single earpro. The Soldiers fired 7.62 millimeter (mm) sub-caliber trainer cartridges and the maximum allowable number of rounds for the 84 mm Target Practice Tracer cartridges from standing and kneeling postures using single earpro (7.62 mm) and single earpro with earmuffs. Pre/post-exposure fit check measurements indicated appropriate PAR was attained and maintained. Post-exposure audiograms indicated that no trained Soldiers experienced hearing loss while wearing properly fit and worn earpro. The MAAWS team, Charles Jokel, Olivia Webster, Cindy Smith and David Segure accept their award from Dr. Knapp (Nancy Vause is not pictured)